Monday, November 20, 2017

Jana Novotna dies after battle with cancer

Jana Novotna dies after battle with cancer

Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.

Novotna, who entered the tennis Hall of Fame in 2005, died surrounded by her family in the Czech Republic, the WTA said.

In a career spanning 14 years on the professional circuit that included 24 WTA singles titles and 76 doubles titles, Novotna finally won her only singles grand slam at Wimbledon in 1998 after losing in the final in 1993 and 1997.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Kerber hires Fissette as new coach

Kerber hires Fissette as new coach

Angelique Kerber is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing campaign with the announcement that Belgian Wim Fisette will replace Torben Beltz as her coach in 2018, the German said on Thursday.

After winning two grand slams and an Olympic silver medal in 2016, the 29-year-old failed to claim a single title this year and fell to 21st in the world rankings, also losing her spot as German number one to Julia Goerges.

Goods worth $400K stolen from Venus Williams' Florida home

Goods worth $400K stolen from Venus Williams' Florida home

Burglars hit tennis star Venus Williams' Florida home, stealing $400,000 worth of goods while she was at the U.S. Open, police said Thursday.

The burglary happened between Sept. 1 and 5 at Williams' 10,000-square-foot (1,000-square-meter) home, which is in a well-to-do gated community, Palm Beach Gardens police said in a statement. Police blacked out from their report what was stolen. No arrests have been made.

New Orleans abuzz over Serena Williams wedding

New Orleans abuzz over Serena Williams wedding

Star wattage abounded in New Orleans on Thursday as A-list celebrities gathered for the wedding of tennis superstar Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Despite the media frenzy, the happy couple released few details of their ceremony. But unnamed sources told People magazine and the Daily Mail that some 250 guests were invited to the festivities at the southern US city's Contemporary Arts Center.

Music royalty Beyonce, legendary Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, actress Eva Longoria and singer Ciara were all also seen arriving at the arts complex.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Dokic's father physically, verbally, emotionally abused her

Dokic's father physically, verbally, emotionally abused her

Jelena Dokic says her father physically, verbally and emotionally abused her from a young age when she started playing tennis.

In an autobiography to be released this week, the 34-year-old Dokic says that Damir Dokic, who also was her coach, regularly beat her, pulled her hair and ears, kicked her and even spat in her face. She said her father also frequently directed vile insults toward her.

"He beat me really badly," Dokic was quoted as saying in Sydney's Sunday Telegraph. "It basically started day one of me playing tennis. It continued on from there. It spiraled out of control."

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sabalenka edges Stephens to level Fed Cup final

Sabalenka edges Stephens to level Fed Cup final

Sloane Stephens' miserable run continued as she lost a tough three-setter to Belarus teenager Aryna Sabalenka on Saturday in Minsk to leave the Fed Cup final level at 1-1.

Earlier, CoCo Vandeweghe beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets to put the United States into the lead.

Stephens has lost every match since winning the US Open title in September. In her first Fed Cup appearance of the year, she lost to Sabalenka 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 after one hour 49 minutes on court.

The 19-year-old Sabalenka, ranked 78th in the world, had never faced Stephens, the world number 13.

Vandeweghe puts USA one up against Belarus

Vandeweghe puts USA one up against Belarus

CoCo Vandeweghe beat Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets on Saturday to give the visitors the United States the lead in their first Fed Cup final since 2010.

World's number 10 Vandeweghe won, 6-4, 6-4, in one hour 27 minutes her first ever meeting with the 23-year-old Sasnovich.